Welcome to the Weekly Recap, where we gather the top stories that happened in the past week to help you catch up with the busy world of eSports!
Liquid beats EG, defends title at EPICENTER
Liquid defended its EPICENTER crown after brutally dominating Evil Geniuses 3-1 in the final in Moscow.
The EU squad showcased how it mastered the meta with an Io-Sven combo for GH and Miracle, respectively, and the duo clicked so well EG had to call GG in just 17 minutes in Game 1. The kill count was 24-1 for Liquid, with Miracle manufacturing an immaculate 11-0-10 KDA line.
EG levelled the final with a dominant Game 2 win, but Liquid went for Miracle’s signature Invoker in Game 3 and finished the game in less than 30 minutes with a 20-kill lead in the count.
Liquid allowed EG to go for signature heroes in Game 4 and let them pick the staple combos of Puck, Razor, Axe, Io and Treant, while Liquid shuffled their lanes but went with a typical combo too.
The Americans had the advantage in gold in the early game, but a teamfight that saw EG lose three heroes allowed Liquid to turn the game around, and from then on the EU squad won all subsequent clashes.
Liquid, who also won EPICENTER 2016, took home $250,000 of the $500,000 pool, while EG consoled itself with $100,000.
LGD, Secret in Summit upper bracket finals
China’s LGD Gaming will face Team Secret in upper bracket finals of the Dota Summit 7 in Los Angeles, USA.
The Chinese squad was the surprise team of the tournament, as it was only a replacement squad for CDEC Gaming but it outclassed and stunned Team NP at every turn, beating the Anime Squad 2-1 in the first round.
LGD then dazzled Kiev Major runner-up Virtus.Pro, beating them in just 33 minutes in Game 3 to set up the winners’ bracket final date with Secret, who dispatched Digital Chaos and Natus Vincere on its way to the semi-final round.
NP is against Team Empire in the first round of the Lower Bracket, while DC will be against Team VG.J.
Dota prize money breaches $100M
Esports Observer reports that the total prize money awarded in Dota 2 competitions over the years have breached the $100 million mark.
According to the news, one of Valve’s signature games went beyond the historic mark after the 2017 EPICENTER in Moscow, Russia was concluded with Liquid as champion.
The record has already been made without including the growing prize pool for The International 2017, which is already at $14.8 million as of press time.
Dota awards the most money despite having less revenue and online viewership than its MOBA contemporaries like League of Legends.
League of Legends
Summer Split Updates
KT Rolster leap frogs SSG in LCK lead
It’s turning out to be an exciting summer split in the LCK as the Korean league saw a new leader after Day 4 of Week 3.
KT Rolster jumped over Samsung Galaxy and moved to the top of the table after beating them 2-1 in their first meeting this season.
Rolster are 5-1 in series, followed by SSG and Spring champion SKT T1, who both have four wins in five series.
UoL still unbeaten in EU LCS
Unicorns of Love defeated H2k Gaming to remain undefeated and stay atop Group B of the 2017 EU LCS Summer Split.
UoL outlasted H2k in a closely fought Game 3, with Samux’s Twitch leading the frontline with a 9/1/10 KDA in the third game.
H2k is tied with Splyce in Group B, followed by Vitality and the winless Mysterious Monkeys.
Fnatic won three of its four series to lead Group A, followed by G2 Esports and Misfits, who both have 2-1 standings.
Vega Squadron wins CIS Minor championship
Vengeance completed as Vega Squadron defeated Tengri in the CIS Minor grand finals to get the lion’s share of the prize pool and the outright spot to the PGL Krakow Major.
The Russia-based squad easily dispatched pro100 in the first round of the elimination round but got stunned by Kazakh team Tengri in the UB finals.
Vega had a harder time beating Ukrainian pro100 but an 11-1 finish on Nuke in Map 3 allowed them to set a revenge date against Tengri in the grand finals.
In the championship round, Vega avoided the same mistakes from their UB finals loss and dominated Tengri on just two maps, 16-8 on Train and 16-11 on Inferno.
Masterminds GC outlasts 4Legs in OCE Circuit final
Masterminds GC’s thrice-to-beat advantage proved enough to be enough of a cushion to help it win the OCE Circuit- Professional final in Australia.
MGC opened the championship round a 3-0 beat down of 4L in the Lijang Tower Map, but it lost 2-3 at Hollywood.
Despite a poor start at Nepal map, MGC was able to force out a 3-2 win in the map and the win in the tourney.
The team earned the advantage after beating 4Legs in the upper bracket finals following their 2-0 win over WillWeed in the semi-final.